The Davenport Arms Woodford is known locally as the Thief’s Neck. It was once part of the famed Capesthorne Estate which dates back to the 18th Century when the Davenport family were the game wardens to the King’s hunting preserves. As hereditary foresters of the King, the Davenports had the authorised power to put poachers to death without trial, hence, the crest of the Davenport coat of arms originally depicted a serf’s head with a rope around his neck. This signified that the Davenports had the power to hang without appeal to the King. This same crest can still be seen today from the pub’s pictorial. The legend has it that the tree which stands outside the Davenport Arms Woodford was used to hang wrongdoers, hence the nickname ‘The Thief’s Neck’.
The Davenport Arms was acquired by Robinson’s Brewery in the 1920s, and since then the licence has been held by four successive generations of the Hallworth family, a record of continuity which is unique in the Stockport area. Sited next to a real farm, it is constructed of mellow red brick and has the aspect of an old-fashioned Cheshire farmhouse with a number of outbuildings.
There is outdoor seating to both the front and rear of the pub. The rear of the pub boasts a large area to sit and for children to play in with views of the adjacent fields, the local cricket pitch and livestock. Recently, the team began renting the rear space for those wanting small functions such as weddings, christenings and birthdays. So wether to party or spend a relaxing afternoon with friends and children, The Davenport Arms makes the perfect venue.
The well kept beer is provided by Robinsons Brewery which is a local Stockport brewery with an illustrious history to say the least.
The Robinson family of ales includes heritage brews such as Old Tom (first brewed in 1899 and winner of the World’s Best Ale) and Unicorn (born in 1896 and a gold medal winner at the Brewing Industry International Awards).
They also offer lively young ales such as Dizzy Blonde which gives a modern take on the classic Robinsons bitter. The Robinsons range consists of a wide selection of permanent cask ales, speciality keg and smooth ales (to meet the needs of those who cannot serve cask), and a variety of unique seasonal ales that change throughout the year giving customers the chance to sample something extra special.
The pub has a large car park, but if you want to leave the car at home, happily for you, the pub is served by the regular 42B bus service going towards Manchester.